Director of Production at Chivas Brothers Gordon Buist (left) and Fulcrum’s Regional Sales Manager Stevie McGill (right) raise a glass to the completion of the new gas pipeline.
Multi-utility infrastructure and services provider Fulcrum has successfully completed a new gas connection to one of Chivas Brothers’ Speyside distilleries.
The 7.7-kilometre pipeline will bring a continual, year-round gas supply to the Chivas Brothers Allt-a-Bhainne distillery and, despite a sophisticated installation programme, has been completed a month ahead of schedule.
Sheffield-based Fulcrum’s engineers overcame the challenges of passing the pipeline through multiple terrains, including under bridges, within highway verges and along waterways on the route between the gas network connection in Dufftown and the distillery on the slopes of Ben Rinnes.
The new pipeline is part of the distillery’s strategy to adopt a reduced carbon energy supply.
It will replace the need to rely on fuel oil delivered by large road tankers and further reduce its carbon footprint.
Martin Harrison, chief executive of Fulcrum, said: “The successful completion of the gas pipeline ahead of schedule is a testament to the ingenuity and expertise of our team in the delivery of complex infrastructure projects.
“It also builds on the experience we have developed working with the Scotch whisky industry to support its ambitions to embrace more sustainable operations through the use of gas.”
Gordon Buist, Director of Production at Chivas Brothers, added: “This project marks another milestone in our commitment to using less carbon-intensive energy sources and reducing our carbon footprint.
“We continually strive for excellence on this front and are therefore delighted to see this latest project delivered ahead of schedule.
Based in Sheffield, Fulcrum is a multi-utility infrastructure and services provider that services to the residential, commercial and industrial markets throughout the mainland UK.
Chivas Brothers’ portfolio of brands features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Glenlivet, and Royal Salute.
The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater and Plymouth.
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